IHG Rewards Club Anywhere Check-In (Gold & Platinum Members)

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IHG Rewards Club has quietly launched it’s “Anywhere Check-In” for Gold and Platinum members that can request early check-in at eligible hotels using the app and get confirmation when their room is ready.

IHG Rewards Club Anywhere Check-In

I came across this the other day when checking my reservation online for a hotel in Toronto. IHG Rewards Club was selling the idea of this Anywhere Check-In by allowing Gold and Platinum members request early check-in.

You can access IHG’s web page for Anywhere Check-In here.

IHG Rewards Club Anywhere Check-In Reservation

The problem here of course was that as a Royal Ambassador member I have guaranteed 8AM check-in at InterContinental hotels and this box was also shown for my reservation at the InterContinental Yorkville.

IHG Rewards Club Anywhere Check-In Box

I didn’t try to request the early check-in using the app, so I am not sure how early of a check-in you can really request? The illustration above shows that the IHG would text you once the room/suite is ready? Wouldn’t a push notification using the app be more appropriate?

I rarely have the SIM card on my phone that is on file with the IHG Rewards Club and would get those text messages months later when I am in that country.

Here’s the list of hotels currently participating to this initiative:

CANADA

Ontario

BRAMPTON

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BRAMPTON

MISSISSAUGA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS TORONTO-MISSISSAUGA

HOLIDAY INN MISSISSAUGA TORONTO WEST

HOLIDAY INN MISSISSAUGA WEST – MEADOWVALE

STAYBRIDGE SUITES TORONTO MISSISSAUGA

NORTH YORK

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS TORONTO-NORTH YORK

RICHMOND HILL

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS TORONTO – MARKHAM

TORONTO

CROWNE PLAZA TORONTO AIRPORT

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS TORONTO DOWNTOWN

HOLIDAY INN TORONTO BLOOR-YORKVILLE

HOLIDAY INN TORONTO DOWNTOWN CENTRE

HOLIDAY INN TORONTO-YORKDALE

HOTEL INDIGO TORONTO AIRPORT

INTERCONTINENTAL TORONTO YORKVILLE

VAUGHAN

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS VAUGHAN-SOUTHWEST

UNITED STATES

California

BELMONT

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BELMONT

BERKELEY

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BERKELEY

CONCORD

CROWNE PLAZA CONCORD/WALNUT CREEK

DUBLIN

HOLIDAY INN DUBLIN-PLEASANTON

FOSTER CITY

CROWNE PLAZA FOSTER CITY-SAN MATEO

FREMONT

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS FREMONT – MILPITAS CENTRAL

LIVERMORE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS LIVERMORE

OAKLAND

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS OAKLAND-AIRPORT

HOLIDAY INN OAKLAND-AIRPORT

PACIFICA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PACIFICA

REDWOOD CITY

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS REDWOOD CITY-CENTRAL

SAN FRANCISCO

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SAN FRANCISCO-AIRPORT NORTH

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SAN FRANCISCO FISHERMANS WHARF

HOLIDAY INN SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT

HOLIDAY INN SAN FRANCISCO-CIVIC CENTER

HOLIDAY INN SAN FRANCISCO-FISHERMANS WHARF

INTERCONTINENTAL SAN FRANCISCO

SAN MATEO

HOLIDAY INN SAN MATEO-SAN FRANCISCO SFO

SAN PABLO

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SAN PABLO – RICHMOND AREA

UNION CITY

CROWNE PLAZA SILICON VALLEY N – UNION CITY

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS UNION CITY (SAN JOSE)

Florida

CORAL GABLES

HOLIDAY INN CORAL GABLES – UNIVERSITY

DORAL

INTERCONTINENTAL AT DORAL MIAMI

FORT LAUDERDALE

CANDLEWOOD SUITES FT. LAUDERDALE AIRPORT/CRUISE

CROWNE PLAZA FT. LAUDERDALE AIRPORT/CRUISE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS FT. LAUDERDALE AIRPORT/CRUISE

HOLLYWOOD

CROWNE PLAZA HOLLYWOOD BEACH RESORT

HOLIDAY INN FT. LAUDERDALE-AIRPORT

MIAMI

CROWNE PLAZA MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS KENDALL EAST – MIAMI

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MIAMI-KENDALL

HOLIDAY INN MIAMI-DORAL AREA

HOLIDAY INN PORT OF MIAMI-DOWNTOWN

HOTEL INDIGO MIAMI DADELAND

INTERCONTINENTAL MIAMI

STAYBRIDGE SUITES MIAMI DORAL AREA

MIAMI BEACH

HOLIDAY INN MIAMI BEACH-OCEANFRONT

MIAMI LAKES

HOTEL INDIGO MIAMI LAKES

MIAMI SPRINGS

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MIAMI-ARPT CTRL-MIAMI SPRINGS

HOLIDAY INN MIAMI-INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

SUNRISE

HOLIDAY INN SAWGRASS MILLS

Georgia

ATLANTA

CROWNE PLAZA ATLANTA-AIRPORT

CROWNE PLAZA ATLANTA PERIMETER AT RAVINIA

HOLIDAY INN ATLANTA DWTN – CENTENNIAL PARK

HOLIDAY INN ATLANTA-NORTHLAKE

HOLIDAY INN ATLANTA-PERIMETER/DUNWOODY

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ATLANTA ARPT WEST – CAMP CREEK

HOTEL INDIGO ATLANTA MIDTOWN

INTERCONTINENTAL BUCKHEAD ATLANTA

STAYBRIDGE SUITES ATLANTA-BUCKHEAD

COLLEGE PARK

HOLIDAY INN ATLANTA AIRPORT SOUTH

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ATLANTA AIRPORT-COLLEGE PARK

DECATUR

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ATLANTA-EMORY UNIVERSITY AREA

MARIETTA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MARIETTA-ATLANTA NORTHWEST

Illinois

BOLINGBROOK

HOLIDAY INN BOLINGBROOK

CAROL STREAM

HOLIDAY INN CHICAGO-CAROL STREAM (WHEATON)

CHICAGO

CROWNE PLAZA CHICAGO METRO DOWNTOWN

HOLIDAY INN CHICAGO-DOWNTOWN

HOLIDAY INN CHICAGO-MART PLAZA RIVER NORTH

HOLIDAY INN CHICAGO – MIDWAY AIRPORT

HOLIDAY INN CHICAGO O’HARE AREA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CHICAGO – MAGNIFICENT MILE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CHICAGO-MIDWAY AIRPORT

HOTEL INDIGO CHICAGO DOWNTOWN GOLD COAST

INTERCONTINENTAL CHICAGO MAGNIFICENT MILE

COUNTRYSIDE

HOLIDAY INN CHICAGO SW-COUNTRYSIDE CONFCTR

DOWNERS GROVE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CHICAGO-DOWNERS GROVE

ELK GROVE VILLAGE

HOLIDAY INN CHICAGO-ELK GROVE

GLEN ELLYN

CROWNE PLAZA LOMBARD DOWNERS GROVE

GLENVIEW

STAYBRIDGE SUITES CHICAGO — GLENVIEW

ITASCA

HOLIDAY INN CHICAGO WEST-ITASCA

LANSING

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CHICAGO SOUTH LANSING

MATTESON

HOLIDAY INN CHICAGO MATTESON CONF CTR

NORTHBROOK

CROWNE PLAZA CHICAGO-NORTHBROOK

OAKBROOK TERRACE

HOLIDAY INN CHICAGO OAKBROOK

PALATINE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CHICAGO-PALATINE/N ARLNGTN HTS

RIVERWOODS

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CHICAGO-DEERFIELD/LINCOLNSHIRE

ROLLING MEADOWS

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ROLLING MDWS-SCHAUMBURG AREA

HOLIDAY INN ROLLING MDWS-SCHAUMBURG AREA

ROSEMONT

CROWN PLAZA CHICAGO OHARE HOTEL & CONF CTR

HOLIDAY INN CHICAGO-O’HARE (ROSEMONT)

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CHICAGO O’HARE

SCHAUMBURG

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS CHICAGO-SCHAUMBURG

TINLEY PARK

HOLIDAY INN CHICAGO-TINLEY PARK-CONV CTR

Massachusetts

BOSTON

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BOSTON

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BOSTON GARDEN

INTERCONTINENTAL BOSTON

BRAINTREE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BRAINTREE

BROOKLINE

HOLIDAY INN BOSTON-BROOKLINE

CAMBRIDGE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BOSTON – CAMBRIDGE

NATICK

CROWNE PLAZA BOSTON-NATICK

NEWTON

CROWNE PLAZA BOSTON – NEWTON

HOTEL INDIGO BOSTON-NEWTON RIVERSIDE

ROCKLAND

HOLIDAY INN ROCKLAND

SAUGUS

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SAUGUS (LOGAN AIRPORT)

TEWKSBURY

HOLIDAY INN TEWKSBURY-ANDOVER

WALTHAM

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BOSTON-WALTHAM

WOBURN

CROWNE PLAZA BOSTON – WOBURN

New Hampshire

ROCHESTER

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ROCHESTER

Texas

ADDISON

CROWNE PLAZA DALLAS NEAR GALLERIA-ADDISON

HOLIDAY INN DALLAS NORTH-ADDISON

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DALLAS-ADDISON

ALLEN

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ALLEN NORTH-EVENT CENTER

ARLINGTON

HOLIDAY INN ARLINGTON NE-RANGERS BALLPARK

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ARLINGTON (I-20-PARKS MALL)

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS ARLINGTON (SIX FLAGS AREA)

BURLESON

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BURLESON/FT. WORTH

CEDAR HILL

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DALLAS SOUTHWEST-CEDAR HILL

DALLAS

CANDLEWOOD SUITES DALLAS/MARKET CENTER

CROWNE PLAZA DALLAS DOWNTOWN

CROWNE PLAZA DALLAS-MARKET CENTER

HOLIDAY INN DALLAS MARKET CENTER

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DALLAS CENTRAL MARKET CENTER

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DALLAS EAST – FAIR PARK

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DALLAS PARK CENTRAL NORTHEAST

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DALLAS/STEMMONS FWY(I-35 E)

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DALLAS W – I-30 COCKRELL HILL

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NORTH DALLAS AT PRESTON

HOTEL INDIGO DALLAS DOWNTOWN

STAYBRIDGE SUITES DALLAS-ADDISON

DENTON

HOLIDAY INN DENTON UNIVERSITY AREA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DENTON-UNT-TWU

DESOTO

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DALLAS SOUTH – DESOTO

DUNCANVILLE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DUNCANVILLE

FORTH WORTH

CANDLEWOOD SUITES DFW SOUTH

HOLIDAY INN DALLAS-FORTH WORTH AIRPORT S

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS FORT WORTH DOWNTOWN

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS FORT WORTH I-35 WESTERN CENTER

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS FORT WORTH SOUTHWEST (I-20)

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS FORT WORTH-WEST (I-30)

HOLIDAY INN FORT WORTH NORTH-FOSSIL CREEK

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS LAKE WORTH NW LOOP 820

STAYBRIDGE SUITES FORT WORTH WEST

GARLAND

HOLIDAY INN GARLAND

GRAND PRAIRIE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DALLAS – GRAND PRAIRIE I-20

HOUSTON

CROWNE PLAZA HOUSTON-DOWNTOWN

HURST

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DFW WEST – HURST

IRVING

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DALLAS FT. WORTH AIRPORT SOUTH

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS IRVING CONV CTR – LAS COLINAS

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS IRVING DFW AIRPORT NORTH

STAYBRIDGE SUITES DFW AIRPORT NORTH

LEWISVILLE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DALLAS LEWISVILLE

MANSFIELD

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MANSFIELD

MCKINNEY

HOLIDAY INN MCKINNEY-FAIRVIEW

MESQUITE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MESQUITE

PLANO

CANDLEWOOD SUITES DALLAS PLANO EAST RICHARDSON

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DALLAS-NORTH TOLLWAY (N PLANO)

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PLANO EAST

STAYBRIDGE SUITES PLANO – RICHARDSON AREA

RICHARDSON

HOLIDAY INN DALLAS-RICHARDSON

Washington

BOTHELL

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BOTHELL

EVERETT

HOLIDAY INN DOWNTOWN-EVERETT

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS EVERETT

ISSAQUAH

HOLIDAY INN SEATTLE-ISSAQUAH

LAKEWOOD

CANDLEWOOD SUITES LAKEWOOD

LYNNWOOD

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS LYNNWOOD

MARYSVILLE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS MARYSVILLE

MUKILTEO

STAYBRIDGE SUITES SEATTLE NORTH-EVERETT

PUYALLUP

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS PUYALLUP (TACOMA AREA)

SEATAC

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SEATTLE -SEA-TEC AIRPORT

SEATTLE

CROWNE PLAZA SEATTLE AIRPORT

HOLIDAY INN SEATTLE

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS NORTH SEATTLE – SHORELINE

SUMNER

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SUMNER

TACOMA

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS TACOMA

Conclusion

All the hotel chains are really trying to push to get folks downloading and starting to use their apps. I normally use the IHG app to see if the hotel has upgraded my reservation without having to log in online.

The long term goal must be to get users to use these apps to check-in and once the technology is in place that would allow mobile devices to function as room keys allow them to bypass the front desk altogether (savings for the hotel as well).

You just have to remember that using these apps to check in may have negative impact on your upgrades. If you request an early check in and the elite member that is occupying the room has late check out, there is a mismatch.

You often have to negotiate your upgrade with the front desk as well, so using the app could put you in disadvantageous position, although good if you only care about an early check in.

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